This government has been hopeless at doing things for nature. Almost completely hopeless.
Defra has dropped several proposed Marine Conservation Zones from the current consultation because of ‘economic cost’. It seems as though marine industries are wagging the Defra dog. And Defra does appear to be a bit of a cur, these days.
The Wildlife Trusts have always been active on this subject and I wish they would actually get a bit tougher on the government failure. The Marine Conservation Society has a useful ‘I want these sites designated and you shouldn’t have dropped the others’ email that you can sign too. One thing I liked about this was that you could choose your own title for your email. I chose: Defra- you have done very little for nature in the last five years and you haven’t done enough in this area.
Marine Protected Areas work for fishermen as well as fish, cetaceans, seabirds and squidgy little marine things. Why let the fishing industry – an industry that doesn’t operate on the basis of science or long term sustainability – veto marine protected areas that will benefit wildlife and benefit fishermen (in the long run) too?
The whole point of the environment department is to fight for the environment – not to cave in and compromise nature’s needs. But Defra seems to have been captured by industry under this administration: farmers, shooters, fishermen and developers.